MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 14,324 this week

The Virginian (1946)

Approved  |   |  Romance, Western  |  5 May 1946 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 607 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 8 critic

Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 35 titles
created 20 Feb 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 18 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 40 titles
created 16 Aug 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 26 Oct 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Virginian" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Virginian (1946)

The Virginian (1946) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Virginian.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Outlaw Wes McQueen is sprung from jail to help pull one last railroad job. He doesn't like his new partners - except dance-hall girl Colorado - and anyway fancies Julie Ann newly arrived ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone
The Spoilers (1942)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne
Tomahawk (1951)
History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux...to the disgust of frontier ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Van Heflin, Yvonne De Carlo, Alex Nicol
Ramrod (1947)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Violent feud between Connie Dickason, the owner of the Circle 66 ranch and rancher Frank Ivey, the self-proclaimed boss of an otherwise public grazing land.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Don DeFore
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After arriving in Texas to escape a scandal back east, lawyer Sam Houston just wants to hang out his shingle, keep a low profile, and stay out of any political intrigue. However, when ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow
The Outriders (1950)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Late in the Civil War, three Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison camp in Missouri. They soon fall into the hands of pro-Confederate raiders, who force them to act as "outriders"... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Joel McCrea, Arlene Dahl, Barry Sullivan
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Joel McCrea, Betty Field, Harry Carey
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The friendship of three Texas Ranchers. Later their ranch was destroyed by Cotrell, of the Union army,and his band of outlaw raiders. The original title was "Distant Drums", this was a description of Civil War army deserters.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joel McCrea, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A rancher and former rodeo star comes across a runaway boy while he is hunting a wild stallion.

Director: John C. Champion
Stars: Joel McCrea, Robert Fuller, Patrick Wayne
Saddle Tramp (1950)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Carefree Chuck Connor is on his way west and stops off to see an old friend and his four lads. When his host is killed in a riding accident Chuck realises he must take care of the family. ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Joel McCrea, Wanda Hendrix, John Russell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Barbara Britton ...
Fay Bainter ...
Tom Tully ...
Henry O'Neill ...
Mr. Taylor
Bill Edwards ...
Sam Bennett
...
Honey Wiggen
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Shorty
...
Pete
Vince Barnett ...
Baldy
Edit

Storyline

Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the Virginian finds that his old pal Steve is mixed up with black-hatted Trampas and his rustlers...then finds himself at the head of a posse after said rustlers; and Molly hates the violent side of frontier life. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The All-Time Best-Selling Love Story of the West... Now On the Screen In Spectacular Technicolor!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 May 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Owen Wister's American Classic: The Virginian  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

Before the shootout at the end, both men see that the sun is about to set. And yet the shootout occurs in full sunlight; and when the newlyweds ride off at the end, the sun still hasn't quite set: they are riding off into the sunset. See more »

Quotes

Steve Andrews: A fine way to treat a lady!
Virginian: How was I to know she was a lady? She was with you, wasn't she?
See more »

Connections

Version of The Virginian (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sadly doesn't utilise what is at hand.
15 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Molly Woods makes her way to Medicine Bow to become the new schoolmarm, after meeting two cowboys (and great friends) called Steve and The Virginian it becomes evident that both men are quite smitten with Molly. After a series of events surrounding Molly, Steve takes up with the no good Trampas and his group of rustlers, thus bringing the honest Virginian into conflict with his friend and the quick on the draw Trampas.

This story courtesy of writer Owen Wister has been done a number of times, adapted into film form in 1921, 1923 and of course here in this version, it was also made into a television series in 1962. Having not seen any of the other versions I have no frame of reference, but I would wager my last pound sterling that this is not the best adaptation because it fails to live up to its early promise. Joel McCrea takes up lead duties as The Virginian and as decent as an actor as he was in such films like Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story and the majestic Ride The High Country, here he looks bored and struggling to feed off what little energy is in the picture. Sonny Tufts as Steve is badly cast, while Barbara Britton as Molly may well make me wish that all my lady teachers at school had looked like her (if they had of been I would have gone more often!), but she comes across as a fish out of water.

The one bright spot is Brian Donlevy as the baddie Trampas, resplendent in black (of course), he does a nice line in convincing as a bad guy of worth (something he was excellent at in his career), but even he is not given enough screen time to not only flesh the part out, but to also probably bring out the best of McCrea. The shoot out at the finale is weak and it really cements the deal that this was a badly wasted chance to make a Western of some worth. Maybe it's just one of those pieces of literature that can't fully translate to the screen? Maybe the simply plotted story just isn't up to much anyway? Either way this is a misfire and not one to revisit outside of the always watchable Donlevy. 4/10


7 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sideburns appear and disappear sandyh-7
What's the point... pete2141
Singing McCrea peterlauri
title music momurr43
Discuss The Virginian (1946) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?